Posted on December 6, 2018
Windows are some of the most important parts of your home. Not only do they protect your home from the outdoor elements, they also are a great barrier to temperature fluctuations, therefore reducing your energy costs. They also are a great way to refresh the look of your home! It can sometimes be difficult, however, to determine exactly when the ideal time would be to install replacement windows. If you notice these 4 signs though, it may be time to do just that.
One of the best outcomes of installing replacement windows in your home will be reduced energy costs. Drafty windows caused by a settling house or environmental changes are some of the biggest culprits to high energy bills. If you find that the cost of cooling or heating your home has increased over time, it may be a sign that your windows are not as secure as they used to be. Replacement windows will be installed using your home's new dimensions. This fit will reduce the amount of air that is passed between the window and the outside world, thus keeping your home more insulated against external temperature changes, and ultimately reducing the energy costs of your home.
Obvious damage, like broken panes, is a clear sign that your window needs to be replaced. However, there are some damages that may not be immediately noticeable. Some windows rely on a type of gas between the panes to help insulate against the outside world. Should these window panes - over time - develop a small leak, the escaping gas will cause discoloration and will make the window appear grimy, no matter how much you clean it. If this should occur, it will be time to replace those windows.
Additionally, windows' insulation may be reduced over time due to normal wear and tear. When this happens, the window will feel closer to the outdoor temperature than the indoor one. This is a clear indication that the window isn't performing optimally, and therefore should be replaced. Not only does this degraded insulation increase your energy costs, it can also open up your home to various insects and other creatures that can work their way inside.
Like many objects when they get older, windows that are near the end of their life will not work as well. Sometimes the window joints or sashes will become warped due to exposure to harsh weather conditions. Other times, the window will become loose in its track, and not be able to stay open on its own anymore. Should any of these be familiar to you, it is probably time to replace your home's windows.
Nobody wants to discover that they need to replace their home's windows. If it is that time for you, however, we are here to make your project easier. We are considered the best window company in Northern Virginia for a reason, and are set up to make your replacement window project as painless as possible. We are looking forward to working with you! If you are ready for your free estimate, feel free to reach out to us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (703) 828-7414 today!